Classic Shell 3.6.2

Classic Shell is a collection of features that were available in older versions of Windows but are removed from Vista and Windows 7. It has a classic start menu for Windows 7, it adds a toolbar for Windows Explorer and supports a variety of smaller features. There are 3 major components - Classic Explorer, Classic Start Menu and Classic IE9. Look here for the full list if features.

Classic Shell features:

  • Classic Start Menu for Windows 7, 8 (with skins)
  • Toolbar for Windows Explorer
  • Classic copy UI
  • Show file size in Explorer status bar

Classic Start Menu is a clone of the original start menu. It has a variety of advanced features:

  • Drag and drop to let you organize your applications
  • Options to show Favorites, expand Control Panel, etc
  • Shows recently used documents. The number of documents to display is customizable
  • Translated in 35 languages, including Right-to-left support for Arabic and Hebrew
  • Does not disable the original start menu in Windows. You can access it by Shift+Click on the start button
  • Right-click on an item in the menu to delete, rename, sort, or perform other tasks
  • The search box helps you find your programs without getting in the way of your keyboard shortcuts
  • Available for 32 and 64-bit operating systems
  • Has support for skins, including additional 3rd party skins
  • Fully customizable in both looks and functionality
  • Support for Microsoft’s Active Accessibility
  • Converts the “All Programs” button in the Windows menu into a cascading menu (Vista and Windows 7)
  • Implements a customizable start button for Windows 8
  • And last but not least – it's FREE!

Classic Explorer is a plugin for Windows Explorer that:

  • Adds a toolbar to Explorer for some common operations (Go to parent folder, Cut, Copy, Paste, Delete, Properties, Email). The toolbar is fully customizable
  • Replaces the copy UI in Vista and Windows 7 with the more user-friendly “classic” version similar to Windows XP
  • Handles Alt+Enter in the folder panel of Windows Explorer and shows the properties of the selected folder
  • Has options for customizing the folder panel to look more like the Windows XP version or to not fade the expand buttons
  • Can show the free disk space and the total file size in the status bar
  • Can disable the breadcrumbs in the address bar
  • Fixes a long list of features that are broken in Windows 7 – missing icon overlay for shared folders, the jumping folders in the navigation pane, missing sorting headers in list view, and more

Classic IE9 is a plugin for Internet Explorer 9 that:

  • Adds a caption to the title bar so you can see the full title of the page
  • Shows the security zone in the status bar
  • Shows the loading progress in the status bar

What's new in this version:

  • Added support for jump lists in the main menu
  • Added support for displaying and launching Windows Store apps in Windows 8
  • Faster skipping of the Metro screen in Windows 8
  • Fixed some bugs found in the previous version

Download: Classic Shell 3.6.2 | 8.4 MB (Open Source)
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I really hope they will improve the Metro skin and make it full native...

At least, why dark green? Make it light blue like the default theme.

For those who are using this/plan to use this, beware. This has been known to slow down your system and is quite bulky.

link6155 said,
For those who are using this/plan to use this, beware. This has been known to slow down your system and is quite bulky.

Don't spread FUD without evidence. Millions use Classic Shell and haven't reported any problem. It's memory consumption is 7.5 MB and you can choose to install only the components you want, and only the features you like. Cannot get any more lean than that. There might be a conflict on your system with some other app like an anti-malware.

MsftGaurav said,
Don't spread FUD without evidence.

Ditto this.. don't care for the start menu replacement personally but use the shell extensions on both 7 and 8, never had issue with them. The brief time I did have the start menu in it worked totally as expected. The only conflict I had was shell icon overlays fighting with TortoiseSVN and that was easily worked around. Use it or don't, but it does work as advertised quite well.

I'm not the only one who actually notice this. I found so far that 2 other people have also notice that their system speed was noticeably slower. I'll look into a solid possible reason why classic shell is slowing down people computers.

link6155 said,
I'm not the only one who actually notice this. I found so far that 2 other people have also notice that their system speed was noticeably slower. I'll look into a solid possible reason why classic shell is slowing down people computers.

Okay let's troubleshoot the issue. Can you provide more info? It would be nice to get more info how exactly it happened. If you can repro the steps, it can be reported and fixed.

The best of both worlds ... a traditional Start menu as well as the new ModernUI Start screen.

Choice is good.

victorecho said,
this makes it more bearable if you have to work in windows 8 on a non-slate/tablet.

Even for a tablet, the "Small icon size" and "Large icon size" can be increased to a touch-friendly size like 32 or 48 and voila, you have a real touch-friendly Start menu!